Dunwich Forest and Westwood Marshes, 6 March 2022

A reasonably bright but cold day on Sunday saw us do a rather long walk taking in large parts of Dunwich Forest and the whole length of Westwood Marshes. 

Parking at a site we are familiar with for camping - Frederick's Mount cp I was greeted to the sight of 8 Crossbills flying over as soon as I set foot out of the car. Around the walk I went on to notch up 2 Firecrests (1 singing), Bullfinch, Bearded Tits, Marsh Harrier and 2 Great White Egrets. The latter were on Westwood Marshes from the Dingle Hill track. Through the wet woodland at the western end of the marshes were a nice patch of Leafy Brain and several Blushing Brackets. My first Coltsfoot of the spring was also found.

After a stop at Blythburgh Church (of Black Shuck fame!) we then did a further walk in Reydon Wood where several Smooth Newts were in the pond, one even allowing a quick photo.  

                                                                                                                                       Leafy Brain
                                                                                                                                   Blushing Bracket
                                                                                                                                Smooth Newt


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